This creamy potato salad with bacon and chives is the perfect side dish to take along to your summer picnic or BBQ!
Summer is the time for out-of-doors get togethers with family and friends. Along with cornbread, coleslaw, and grilled anything, potato salad is usually on the menu.
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Despite growing up in a family where potato salad was usually a big hit, and marrying a guy who loves it, I’ve never been a fan. Maybe it was the sour dressing, or all the dill, but something about it always turned me off.
However, over the past few years I’ve been trying to make myself ‘grow up’ and try re-try things I never enjoyed as a kid. And yep, potato salad was on that list!
So I got to work.
A Potato Salad We All Love!
With the main ingredients being red potatoes and some sort of dressing, this salad is pretty versatile. My hubby wanted me to go the super sour route and fill it with pickles, vinegar, and dill. But I decided to try for more of a ‘loaded baked potato’ feel with bacon, chives, and sour cream. If I’d had any cheddar on hand, you can bet your bottom dollar that would have gone in, too!
Through various levels of taste-testing and trying to keep kids from devouring it before I could perfect the recipe, I think we’ve got a hit on our hands! I’m still not a fan of the store-bought stuff. But let me tell you, I could eat this creamy potato salad with bacon and chives all. day. long.
Even my “I-don’t-try-anything-new-because-I’m-100%-sure-I-won’t-like-it” child ate a bowlful without complaining. That’s how you know it’s good. 😉
If you’re not a huge potato salad fan, but you do like potatoes, bacon, and sour cream, I encourage you to give this dish a try. I think it might just win you over, like it did me.
Creamy Potato Salad with Bacon and Chives
- 4 lb. red potatoes
- 1 lb. bacon
- 1 1/2 cups sour cream
- 3 tablespoons white vinegar
- 1/2 cup chopped chives
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dill
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper to taste
- Wash potatoes and chop into roughly uniform-sized pieces (about 1-inch squares).
- Place potatoes in a large pot, cover with water, and bring to a boil. Boil until just fork-tender. You DON'T want them to mash when pierced with a fork!
- When boiled, drain them and cool completely before adding in the remaining ingredients (I stuck mine in the fridge to speed things up).
- While potatoes are cooling, cook up the bacon. (The easiest, least messy way to do this is on a large rimmed baking sheet in the oven, lined with foil. Bake bacon at 375° for about 15 minutes or until desired level of crispiness. Drain bacon on paper towels.) When bacon is cooled, crumble.
- Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix carefully until potatoes are coated evenly with dressing.
- Store covered in the fridge.
My favourite type of potato salad, lots of bacon and a good rich dressing!
Amen! 😉 Bacon and a tasty dressing are a wonderful addition to potato salad!
I don’t eat bacon (I know!!), but my kids are going to love this dish.
No worries, Aish! It’s still great without bacon. 😉
peter @Feed Your Soul Too
Sometimes you just got to have that cream to make the dish. Sour cream makes this potato salad. Then you have the bacon and chives. Dig right in with a big spoon!
Haha. Agreed, Peter. 😉
Looks delicious. Loaded potato salads are such a wonderful and indulgent summer side dish. Love that you’ve used dill in it, too!
Thanks, Amanda! I love the flavor that dill adds. 🙂
Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
This is our favourite potato salad to make when we want a nice treat. The bacon and chives are SO good in it.
They are! Thanks for stopping by, Dannii!
Chrystal @ Gluten-Free Palate
Ooh, this potato salad is right up my taste-buds-alley!!
😉 Glad to hear it, Chrystal!
I usually hate potato salad, but adding bacon might make me like it!
I hear ya, Cricket. Potato salad isn’t usually my thing, either, but bacon makes everything better!
Emily @ Recipes to Nourish
This looks so good Raia! And WITH bacon!!! Swoon.
Haha! Thanks, Emily!
This is a scrumptious take on potato salad!
Thank you, Amanda!
Wow, I know this has got to be wonderful with all the flavor of loaded baked potatoes. Love it, Raia.
Thanks, Barbara! Yeah, you can’t really go wrong with those ingredients. 😉
Hey Raia! Good call on making this a “loaded potato” kind of salad. I love potato salad as much as the next person, but often get turned off when they put too much acid on it. I have a feeling this has just the perfect balance. Thanks so much for sharing this with us on #shinebloghop this week. So glad you were able to join us 🙂
Thanks so much, Maria! I’m the same way: too much vinegar in a salad is a big turn-off.
Easy Peasy Life Matters
This sounds out of this world good! We love anything with bacon 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
Thank you so much! Glad to share! 🙂
You had me at bacon and chives! Happy Foodie FriDIY!
Haha! They’re a winning combo, for sure! 😉
This is a fantastic Potato Salad that we will really enjoy! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
I hope you do enjoy it, Helen!
I love this potato salad recipe. My husband is a potato salad lover and he has been trying to find a really good recipe for that last 2 years so I am printed this out for him. I can’t eat potatoes so I don’t try to make it anymore. I might try this for our next picnic if he cooks and peels the potatoes. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted!
I hope he enjoys it, Marla! 🙂
Looks delicious! Potato salad is one of my favs and what’s not to like when you add bacon! YUM! Stopping by from Weekend Wind Down and pinning to Pinterest!
Thanks so much for stopping by and pinning, Carole! 🙂
Yum! Pinning it! Thanks for linking up at Welcome Home Wednesdays.
Thanks so much for pinning, Rebecca! 🙂
Tara @ Run and Live Happy
This sounds so good! I am not a huge potato salad fan because I don’t like the mayo or mustard. So I like that this has sour cream. Plus, it sounds like it will taste like a baked potato! Thanks for sharing. I will definitely be trying this!
Glad to share, Tara! I hope you get a chance to try it. 🙂 I’m not a potato salad fan either, because I think they’re too vinegary, but I sure enjoy this one! 😉
With so many of my favorite ingredients in one bite, who can resist this tasty delight? We’re so glad you shared this healthy and delicious Creamy Potato Salad recipe on the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I’m Pinning and sharing!
Glad to share, Deborah! Thank you for stopping by. 🙂
There is a Fresh Market store nearby that sells a really fantastic loaded baked potato salad. I bet this is even better! And probably better for me! Thanks so much for sharing with us at You Link it We Make It. We hope you’ll come back and link up with us again! – Kim @ knockitoffkim.com
Thanks, Kim! Yeah, homemade is usually better for you. Haha! And cheaper, too!
I love potato salad – and even more so with bacon! #freefromfridays
Yes! Bacon makes everything better. 😉